Depending on what stage of labour you’re at, the right words can soothe away some pain or give you that last bit of encouragement to get you closer to your baby.
So hooray for a bunch of Queensland midwives who are calling for an overhaul of the language used by medical professionals in the birthing suite*.
As Liz Wilkes, managing director for My Midwives told The Courier Mail, the language used during birth can be patronising and condescending when it should empower and uplift.
After all, birth is one of the most important experiences of a woman’s life and we need all the support we can get.
“Terminology like “good girl” and “my woman” can be extremely condescending to women … [And] the words ‘delivered’ and ‘confinement’ are outdated … even the Medicare schedule has been updated to reflect this,” Liz said.
“Good girl” is considered one of the worst offenders, with midwives asking it be replaced with “you’re doing really well”.
Clinical phrases like “failure to progress” are also on the hit list.
Contractions should be “strong” rather than “painful” and a “big baby” should instead be referred to as “a healthy baby”.
Here’s the rest:
· Labour ward
· You must have a caesarean
· Poor maternal effort
· Terminate pregnancy
· High risk
· Gave birth
· Birthing suite
· I recommend a C-section
· Not finding it easy
· Compassionate induction
· Medically complex
*See? We're already on board!
What word really got your goat giving birth?
4 song genres every parent needs when giving birth
'Cause music helps the most painful of times.
Forget resilience, what our kids need is mental toughness
The new buzz phrase in parenting.
My son asked me about dying and I didn't know what to say
Be open and honest.
Dear parent of young children, things WILL get better. I promise.
Parents of older kids say “small children, small problems,” but I’m not buying it, writes presenter Shevonne Hunt.
Ban forceps from birth says traumatised Brisbane mum
Brisbane mother Amy Dawes was so traumatised by the forceps delivery of her first child, she wants them banned.
Parents, stop nagging kids not to forget – set visual cues instead
Children develop the ability to compensate for memory failures only gradually as they get older.
Self-employment stress nearly destroyed my family
It’s difficult to admit, but there were times when I didn’t know if our marriage would survive the strain, writes presenter Shevonne Hunt.
8 mums reveal when their children really started sleeping through the night
It's World Sleep Day, the perfect opportunity to bust some of our most lingering sleep myths.